The Graduate Residency in Youth Ministry is unique to the Center for Youth Ministry Training. CYMT creates a whole-person learning environment by nurturing residents academically in the classroom, vocationally in the local church, and emotionally through personal coaching and peer interaction.
Graduate residents gain experience in a 3-year supervised practicum by being placed in a local church while earning a Master of Arts in Youth Ministry through one of our partner seminaries. CYMT offers regional campuses in Tennessee and Texas through partnerships with Memphis Theological Seminary and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Partner churches are from multiple denominations within a four-hour radius of Memphis, TN and Austin, TX.
Acceptance to the program is competitive, as the cohort spots are limited in each region. The cost to the resident is only $1,500 for the 3-year program
Full scholarship for tuition, books, and housing
$1,000 per month stipend
Masters degree from accredited seminary
A job as a youth minister in a local church
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Together, these core components create a holistic approach to increase retention within youth ministry after residents graduate from CYMT.
Residents are part of a dynamic, group-learning community that provides encouragement and support as they walk through ministry together.
Residents and churches receive one-on-one coaching from a youth ministry veteran to help master and apply critical skills.
Residents will be challenged to think theologically about ministry and empowered to create ministry programs that evoke deep, life-changing Christian faith. Residents will receive their Master of Arts in Youth Ministry through a retreat-style classroom format.
Residents get hands-on experience in a local church where they serve 25 hours weekly as the youth minister.
Residents receive pastoral care and encouragement, empowering them to seek wholeness in their life.
CYMT is a debt-free program. You will receive a full scholarship to one of our accredited partner seminaries in order to earn a Master of Arts in Youth Ministry. Your only cost for the entire 3-year program is $1,500.
On top of receiving a full scholarship, you will also be given a $1,000/month stipend. Your housing, utilities, books, and retreat costs are also covered by your partner church.
Residents are matched with a partner church based off of an extensive interview process. CYMT partners with churches within a 4-hour radius of either Austin, TX or Memphis, TN.
CYMT provides a community unlike any other graduate residency program. Students are placed in a cohort of peers to walk through their journey of ministry together. CYMT also provides one-on-one coaching for each individual resident. Coaches have more than a decade of youth ministry experience that will help you develop as a youth minister.
CYMT Graduate Residents are enrolled as a full-time Master of Arts in Youth Ministry degree student at either Memphis Theological Seminary or Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. The classes are taught through a unique retreat-based format. There are four retreats each semester where students meet at their appointed seminary for a few days. Retreats cover the coursework for your core, elective, and youth ministry courses. On the weeks between retreats, you will meet with your discussion groups to process classes and prepare for the next retreat.
No other youth ministry graduate residency program offers a debt-free master’s program, hands-on experience in a local church, personal coaching, free housing, and a guaranteed community of peers to learn and grow alongside. What are you waiting for?
The application process is competitive, as there are a limited number of graduate residency positions available per region each year. Applicants must be at least 22 years old, have an undergraduate degree*, and be willing and able to commit to the 3-year program.
The application tool allows you to save your application and come back to it. Must include photo and transcript.
From a pastor, youth minister, or someone who has observed you working with youth and a professor.
The fee is $50. You may submit your application fee online or mail it in to the CYMT office.
Applicant must submit a signed background check and motor vehicle record check via mail or email.
Applicant must provide proof of health and auto insurance. Submit a copy via email or mail.
Acceptance to the program is competitive, as the cohort spots are limited in each region. The cost to the resident is only $1,500 for the 3-year program; why wait?!
|IF APPLICATION IS COMPLETED BY:||THEN TOP APPLICANT INTERVIEW DATES WILL BE:||AND YOUR ADMISSION DECISION WILL BE MAILED:|
|EARLY APPLICATION||NOVEMBER 15||2ND WEEK OF DECEMBER||FEBRUARY 1|
|FINAL DEADLINE||MARCH 15||LAST WEEK OF MARCH||APRIL 15|
|TRAINING ONLY APPLICANTS|
|FINAL DEADLINE||JUNE 15||JULY 1|
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